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Letter to the Editor: What kind of pastor talks about porn?

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The above is a response I heard from a young person this past week. I am sure it has been asked by many as they see the issue coming to town this weekend.

I have personally watched men in our community lose their jobs over porn, I have seen families split apart over the issue of porn, I have watched one marriage last only three months due to porn.

As a pastor, I have watched men of God in my own denomination stumble and fall, lose their ministries and families. I have observed pastors, evangelists, priests from every denomination get caught up in sexual misconduct, costing their denominations millions to fight some of the issues and the back lashes due to their choices.

I have watched and counseled women who find themselves in abusive situations, left with no self dignity, their dreams broken, because of infidelity or a porn addiction. I have watched the cycle of some women who go from one dead end relationship to another, only to be left with little.

According to recent statistics, every second, $3,075.64 is spent on porn, and 28,258 people are online viewing porn. Every day, 2.5 billion emails are pornographic, and every year in the U.S., $2.5 billion is spent on porn. When it comes to teens, 93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls are exposed to Internet porn before the age of 18. One in seven youth receive sexual solicitation online. The average age of first Internet exposure is 11 years old.

These are only a few of the statistics we will discuss this weekend as I interview a former porn star. She grew up as a pastor's daughter and found all her hopes and dreams gone as she wound up in a dark world that promised her everything but took it all.

It is my desire that parents come and find out how to protect their children, that pastors come and use this to deal with the issues in their own congregations, that teachers come and be informed on how to be available for the kids they teach, and that teens come and find out the facts and guard themselves from an issue that can become a lifelong problem that will destroy dreams, marriages and finances.

Saturday evening in Fergus Falls, Sunday morning at Northwoods Assembly and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Comet Theater, I urge everyone to come, unite together and let's protect our youth and families and be inspired by a modern day "Mary Magdalene" story.

What kind of pastor talks about porn? I guess one who cares for his community, loves the youth and children and wants to see homes and families stay together.

"If you preach the gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues that deal specifically with your time, you are not preaching the gospel at all" -Martin Luther

Pastor Dirk Currier

Perham, MN

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